NEW DELHI, AUGUST 11—Hyderabad-based advocate Khaja Aijazuddin has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court seeking direction to the Telangana government to give commitment to rebuild two mosques and a temple within the vicinity of the old Telangana secretariat at Hyderabad that were pulled down last month to enable construction of a new building for the state secretariat.
The Telangana secretariat complex is spread over an area of 25 acres.
In his plea, Khaja Aijazuddin said that the temple named Nalla Pochamma was located in A Block of the secretariat while two mosques- one named as Masjid Daffatir-e-Muatamadi was located in C block and the other one Masjid-e-Hashmi was located near the D block.
The petition said that there is no dispute about the existence of the three religious places within the secretariat complex before the demolition of the building. The question about the religious places has arisen after their demolition along with the old Secretariat build to rebuild a new building for the secretariat.
The petition submitted that he, along with several other petitioners, moved the Telangana High Court seeking stay on the demolition decision of the secretariat building. The high court in 2019 stayed the demolition decision of the state government. But on June 29, 2020, the High Court dismissed all the petitions and allowed the state government to go ahead with demolition of the entire Secretariat building.
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